2010 September

Range Rover Evoque–Live Reveal brings back Land Rover badge & a little more

So Land Rover just officially revealed the 2-door Range Rover Evoque at the Paris Auto Show.  It was short and sweet and didn’t reveal too much new info.  But there were two interesting things.

First, they did not show the 5-door model and said it wouldn’t be shown until later this year.  For those who can’t wait, here’s a video of it showing off on the Nürburgring:

 

And a picture of a dealer preview via Autoblog:

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Second & actually more surprising, the vehicle they showed actually did have a Land Rover badge on the right-hand side of the rear tailgate.  So maybe they aren’t going to forget the brand.  I would have put up a screenshot but they still haven’t put up the replay of the video.  Here’s a shot posted by Stuart Schorr, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Jaguar Land Rover North America:

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Funny thing is, not even a real Range Rover has a rear badge anymore…

You can watch a replay of the reveal here:

http://www.helloevoque.com/blog/watch-the-live-reveal/

And Phil Popham did say it would start at £35,000 – I can’t remember if that was new info or not?

Range Rover (L322)–Rules for MAX A/C, Rest Heating & the Defrost Programs

Range Rover - L322

Reading through the various tech docs, I can always find some small bit of info that I never knew before.

Here are the rules for the MAX A/C button with controls both the Maximum A/C function as well as the Rest heating function.  Maximum A/C is just that, it runs the system for the quickest cool down on a hot day.  The Rest heating function uses the residual heat from a warm engine to keep the Range Rover’s interior warm with the engine off for up to ~15 minutes on a cold day, it’s great!

Maximum A/C

Pressing the maximum A/C switch while the engine is running and the ambient temperature is more than 7 °C (45 °F) provides the maximum cooling possible from the system to cool the cabin down as rapidly as possible. When maximum A/C is selected the coolant valves are held closed, the A/C compressor is engaged, the blower speed is set to maximum and the recirculation doors are set to the recirculation position. After 12 minutes the recirculation doors will be set to fresh air for 1 minute then returned to the recirculation position.

The maximum A/C function is cancelled when any of the other A/C system switches are pressed.

Rest Heating

When the engine is not running, pressing the maximum A/C switch activates the rest heating function to heat the cabin with residual heat from the engine. The rest heating function activates provided the following conditions exist:

  • It is less than 15 minutes since the ignition was selected off.
  • Ambient temperature is less than 15 °C (59 °F).
  • On the previous ignition cycle engine temperature exceeded 70 °C (158 °F).
  • Battery voltage is 11.4 V minimum.

To provide the rest heating function, the ATC module activates the auxiliary coolant pump, coolant valves, control door and blower. The ATC module regulates the temperature (to the driver setting selected before the ignition was switched off), opens the face level distribution doors and runs the blower at speed 4.

The rest heating function is cancelled after 15 minutes or when:

  • The maximum A/C switch is pressed again.
  • The ignition is selected on.
  • Battery voltage decreases to less than 11 V.

 

And the Defrost program, which has been a Range Rover staple since at least the previous generation, does a great job getting the ice melted off the glass and warming up the cabin quickly with the press of a button:

Defrost Program

When the defrost program is selected the ATC module:

  • Opens the windshield distribution doors and closes the face and footwell doors.
  • Sets the recirculation doors to the fresh air position.
  • Runs the blower at speed 7.
  • Activates the A/C compressor.
  • Activates the heated rear window.
  • Activates the heated windshield (where fitted).

When the ambient temperature is 10 °C (50 °F) and below, the ATC module signals the coolant valves to remain open. When the ambient temperature is more than 10 °C (50 °F), the ATC module checks the existing heater core temperature and, if necessary, increases the open time of the coolant valves to produce a minimum heater core temperature of 30 °C (86 °F).

The defrost program is cancelled by pressing the defrost switch again, or pressing the automatic, A/C or maximum A/C switches

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Next Range Rover Spied

I knew this info would start appearing as soon as I put in an order for my next one.  And on top of the AutoExpress article, I actually had a Ferrari owner contact me today saying he got some info from another Ferrari owner when they toured the factory in Italy and that in the UK dealers had received a briefing.  I know that sounds convoluted & generic, but it’s quite a coincidence.

So anyway check it out below, not much to see with this just being a mule, but what’s going on in the rear there, between the exhausts?

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/257500/next_range_rover_spied.html

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Updated – more pics & new article for the L405, thanks HSE2! :

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Secret-new-cars/Search-Results/Spyshots/Range-Rover-2012-first-spy-photos-of-luxo-4×4/

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Range Rover Evoque: The Press Release–UK vs. US

So there are always differences in the various releases put out, sometimes it’s just UK vs. US spelling or phrasing, sometimes it’s just removing/adding the features available in the different markets.  But it’s always interesting to me to see how they compare.  To do this, I just do a compare in Microsoft Word on the two documents, and it’s easy to see the differences.world-globe

I’ll list a bunch of the items below, but the ones that really caught my eye were the way the vehicle is referred to, in the UK PR, it’s sometimes just “Evoque”, no Range Rover prefix.  However in the US PR, they added the “Range Rover” prefix to almost every time the word “Evoque” is printed.  I’m not sure why that’s such a priority here but not over there.  I think this almost goes more to a previous post I wrote about Range Rover becoming its own brand.  Continuing in the same vein, in the UK they said “Land Rover Designers”, for the US it’s “Range Rover Designers”.  And “Range Rover’s much-acclaimed” became “Range Rover brand’s”.  Again the UK says “Range Rover’s identity, while the US changes it to, “Range Rover brand’s identity

Anyway, here are a few more comparisons, just snippets of text:

UK

US

Cross-coupé

Coupe

Summer 2011

Fall 2100

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport Vehicle – not sure why they added that.

In a quote from the Chief Program Engineer

“the more youthful target customer”

“the target customer” 

I guess he gave the US a different “quote”.

The “four-wheel-drive” system

Becomes “permanent all-wheel-drive”

The UK version mentions that 3 full hides are used in the interior

Redacted from US version

car’s greener

vehicle’s sustainability

Not listed

Contrasting roof and spoiler color are available as a personalization option

award-winning plant at Halewood in Merseyside, UK

award winning plant in Halewood, UK

chunky illuminated chaplets and needles

illuminated chaplets and needles

Class-leading all-weather, all-surface capability with legendary Land Rover Terrain Response

All-weather, all-surface capability with Land Rover Terrain Response

 

For that last one, maybe the US PR people just aren’t as confident as their UK counterparts?  And I didn’t even get into the 2WD or diesel differences.